WINE NOTES: On the nose is a depth of crushed red-berry fruit aromas, citrus florals, fragrant spices and subtle dried herbs. Medium-full bodied with a generous, silky core of concentrated dark-red berry flavours with savoury, secondary detail beginning to unfold. Sweet fruit is balanced by the texture and structure of fine-grained tannins and background acidity. Elegantly concentrated Pinot Noir.
AWARDS / REVIEWS / ACCOLADES:
“Certified organic, the 2015 vintage (5*) was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Deep ruby, it has a fragrant, complex bouquet of strawberries and spices. Mouth-filling, it is a powerful yet elegant, sweet-fruited wine, with deep, youthful plum, spice and nut flavours, firm, savoury and lingering. Very age-worthy, it’s well worth cellaring to 2019+.” 5 Stars - Michael Cooper Buyer’s Guide 2018
“This has a silky glow to it as well as some very attractive spicy and earthy character. There’s great fruit weight and depth in terms of ripe dark cherries and plums. It’s young and already so complex. The palate’s layered in ripe, smooth sheets of tannins that are interlaced with ripe acidity and carry a wealth of rich red- and dark-cherry flavors. Holds long, speaking strongly of the Nelson region style, where the structure is a definitive feature. Drink now to 2020+.” 94/100 - James Suckling
VINIFICATION:Fruit was hand harvested, chilled overnight and de-stemmed to open-top fermenters. Allowed to soak on skins for 4-6 days before indigenous fermentation began and then plunged twice daily. Total time on skins ranged from 18-21 days. Pressed, briefly settled and run to French oak barriques, 13% new where it remained for 12 months completing MLF during this time. The selected batches were blended and allowed to rest in tank for a further 5 months before bottling un-fined and with course filtration only.